Sunday, May 24, 2015

Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat

This wry cartoon by Signe Wilkinson, which won the 2015 World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon competition, sums up the dangers faced by cartoonists, which include censorship, lawsuits, attacks, and murder. (Signe Wilkinson)

On January 7, two gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and bringing into focus the risks cartoonists face. But with the ability of their work to transcend borders and languages, and to simplify complex political situations, the threats faced by cartoonists around the world—who are being imprisoned, forced into hiding, threatened with legal action or killed—far exceed Islamic extremism.

A Committee to Protect Journalists special report by Shawn W. Crispin

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bruce MacKinnon wins 2014 National Newspaper Award

The National Newspaper Awards were announced at an awards ceremony Friday night in Toronto.
Top prize in the Editorial Cartoon category, as well as nomination for best journalist of the year, went to Bruce MacKinnon for this cartoon on the assassination of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Bruce MacKinnon, Halifax Chronicle Herald

The other finalists:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Reuben Awards 2015

From the National Cartoonists Society website.

Art by Tom Richmond

The 69th Annual Reuben Awards Weekend will be held this weekend in Washington D.C.
Here is the speaker lineup and special award winners:

Mort Drucker- First recipient of the “NCS Medal of Honor”; Speaker
Jeff Keane- Recipient of the NCS “Silver T-Square” for outstanding dedication to the Society
Brian Crane- Reuben winning creator of the syndicated comic strip “Pickles”; speaker
Doug Mahnke- Superstar comic book artist; speaker
Mark Anderson- Gag cartoonist, “”; speaker
Juana Medina- Illustrator, first recipient of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship; speaker
Nick Galifianakis- Cartoonist, author, illustrator; speaker
Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist; moderating a panel on “Cartooning and Free Speech”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The New Yorker cartoons in Mad Men

New Yorker Cartoonist Joe Dator Tells Us About “The Cartoons on Peggy Olson’s Wall” in Inkspill.

In the seventh season episodes “Severance” and “New Business” there are four New Yorker cartoons visible on the wall.
True to the production’s meticulous attention to detail, all of them were published prior to those episodes April 1970 setting. 

Let’s take a closer look.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Is Harper the worst prime minister in history?

Bruce Livesey in the National Observer.

Illustration by Victor Juhasz

“I think (Harper)…can be vindictive, certainly not always grateful for what people have done for him in the past… So you can say he’s ruthless, which is probably true… Maybe that’s a personal failing.”
– Tom Flanagan, former Harper adviser, campaign manager and University of Calgary political scientist
Part 1 of 2 articles.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Hooked" on BBC

Press release from Tayo Fatunla.

I am so proud to announce, the launch of the Digital comic which I produced in conjunction with Positive Negatives and titled...Hooked, and produced by the BBC. 
Hooked begins on 18th May and will run daily on TV and online at until 22nd May. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Doug Wright Awards

BK Munn in Sequential.

It’s been a big weekend for comics news. First we had the announcement Friday that Chris Oliveros is stepping down as publisher of Drawn & Quarterly, to be replaced by Peggy Burns and Tom Devlin, and second, the winners of the 2015 Doug Wright awards for Canadian Cartooning were announced during TCAF on Saturday night.